Color and Light

The sun is god when it comes to natural light you can not reproduce it artificially not the real deal. I look at light every day I take notice of its intensity the shadows the places it passes through like fog and trees early in the morning. The rays of light falling from the clouds always mesmerizes me it is so beautiful. You see the particles floating through the air in the light you feel its warmth and I know it make life on the planet exist. it is ancient and as it provides the beauty we see with our eyes in landscapes, over oceans and deserts. it lights our faces and eyes and makes things sparkle no doubt it makes things beautiful.

Working towards my concept on body sculpting I have been experimenting with a lighting that allows me to hide the unwanted aspects of the shot. I am sculpting the subjects form not as rim light but as a light to reveal shape and texture.

AIPP Entries

293842_10151707465928064_1695005165_nHmm. only 2 months to be ready, some may think it should be a piece of cake but um how can you rush a masterpiece. I wonder if I can create something worthy.

I have worked behind the aipp lines, back in 2013. I was lucky enough to be involved in handling the entries, working behind the scene preparing and delivering the works for judging. It was a valuable experience from which I learned all about how these events run. It was good to connect with experienced photographers, judges and be a part if the industry I am working in.

I have mixed feelings about this stuff,  I really like the fact we have a industry body that and help us gauge and measure different styles of works. There are just so many talented people creating images it can in some ways make you feel untalented. On the other have it makes you try harder to improve your own ability. I have won AIPP golds and silvers which is an honer but I don’t see who that really defines anyone as great I really means to me I am at a professional level I am proud to be there and I have worked hard to learn this trade . As we are all products of our surroundings we can learn but some people are just naturals. To have an eye to see light and compose a story in one frame is our challenge we are always chasing the holy grail shot, maybe it is one shot in your life that defines your career maybe no one will ever see that one  shot you keep private the one that could be a gold at AIPP.

I want to be part of the industry as a professional photographer AIPP is something to definitely consider being affiliated with.  I look forward to entering some work but the competition is hot and there are many talented people to compare my work with . The expense is a concern maybe not worth the outlay but it is just something I should be involved in as a photographer, being involved means I can meet and interact with others in this field that in itself is valuable in my opinion..


What an interesting weekend, at The Epson AIPP awards.

Here are some of my notes leading up to the event. Note to self only upload the cropped image I made the mistake of submitting the original image uncropped and I was contacted to explain why my digital file was different than the print. It was a rookie mistake and I now know to only upload the final cropped  print file not the original working image.

AIPP Entries Conformation

Hi Daniel Bunce,

Thanks for entering the 2016 AIPP Epson State Awards.

This is just a quick note to inform you that all your entries have been successfully validated and are now entered into AIPP Epson State Awards. Please note images will be rechecked during the breakout period for the following rule requirements; *Matt size – Must be 40 by 50 cms *VISIBLE image size – must be no smaller than 26 cms on the longest side *Matt Thickness – can’t be more than 6mm *None of Images entered can contain the same subject If you haven’t done so already, your print labels are downloadable from , assuming you are logged into the awards entry system.

Just a reminder all categories require PHYSICAL prints to be submitted for judging. Good luck, don’t forget, if you can’t get down to judging venue, you can watch it all on the Live Stream.

My Concepts Notes

Locations I have visited to get shots are Brisbane City, Springbrook, Fort Lytton, Coochiemudlo, North Stradbroke Island,


AIPP Mat Size is 40 x 50 cm = 15.7 x 19.6 inch 6mm thick

Body Landscape

Orientation Landscape

Photoshop Size 35.75 x 15.06 cm

Streets Print Size 14 x 6 inch

Streets Print Size 14 x 10 inch

Paper Fine Art, Metallic

Concept Critique – Remove the road, Check the tonal Range, Remove some Grass, Remove the stick from the car window.


Ice and Powder

Shot 1 model wearing hoodie

Shot 2 powder explosion

Shot 3 water frozen to ice


Orientation Portrait

Photoshop Size 28.39 x 17.13 cm

Size 11.177 x 6.75 inch

Streets Print Size 12 x 8 inch

Paper Fine Art, Metallic

Concept Critique – Remove bubble from eye, look more scared, make the eyes and face more prominent and color


Sand and Form

Shot 1 naked female

Shot 2 textured sand

Shot 3 waters edge or ocean waves

Orientation Portrait

Photoshop Size 12.267 x 13.16 inch

Final Size 32 x 33 cm

Paper Fine Art


Master Exhibition

Creating a body of work will be a fun and exciting process, the important components like documentation and research will help me establish a solid basis for my own evolving  into a free minded artist. Exploring will help me unlock my potential simply keeping this blog will be how I document the things on my mind. Maybe emotions and day to day things but the real value is what I get to create and share. I imagine how my journey will unfold as I challenge myself to become a master of my work.

Studying the evolution or art I have realised I wast to try and composite my images over the most ancient medium being stone it is the oldest form of canvas known to mankind. I will shoot a series of suitable photos of rock to try a test with my thoughts.

1st April 2016

The rock and sand tests went well, I have the technical method planned for the combining of the different images. I while back I started planning my 10 shot ideas, these will be for my master exhibition and the 3 AIPP entries. I am finding it hard to get the exact elements for each shot as usual I am making life hard for myself. I need to go to several locations to collect the assets and my main concern is the image quality and the correct lighting.

I wanted to keep my ideas a surprise for my exhibition to have a little more impact so I have not shared it too openly with my group at this point. I also thought about collecting the physical elements I am using and placing them in my final display, this may include projecting on the textures of these items.

Concepts I am working on are nature based and inspired from ancient art starting in caves on stone. I have picked several natural elements to work with and I will combine them with human form. In reverse I will try to use man made objects and add natural elements to them as well as human form.

10712699_10208826404040364_7909238697970403689_n Natural Element is Stone

I like the idea of stone as it is the oldest known
form of canvas for art. I want to combine human
form with the stone. I want it to look like a form
of ancient carving or statue on the stone
maintaining the natural texture in its own environment.

sand test Natural Element is Sand

I am visualising the beach right
where the ocean water moves
back and forth on the shoreline,
in the sand is the form of
human shape. Left is my draft example.

displacementmap_nude Natural Element Wood

Using the grain and texture from fallen trees too mould and carve the female form so it is not looking to unnatural.

The two blend together in harmony the aged timber and the human have now been joined as one.








350 Hours

4th Feb 2016

Today I need to develop my ideas the next six months are about pushing myself beyond the limits I have around me. I believe the only limits is my mind and I want to take my thoughts outside the things I have been trained to do. I will emerge myself in the process of being creative and finding out just how far I can push myself. I will convince myself the only reason to exist is to take the seemingly impossible visions from my mind and embed them into creations. I am aiming to evolve a recipe with ingredients meshing technology, photography, elements anything I conceive  in my mind. I will refine and experiment until I create my masterpiece. I will share finally it with others through exhibitions. My reward will be the feeling of completion and knowing I can open my mind and make an idea a real object something tangible that others can enjoy.

Some Assessments require research and experimentation so I started on my project with doing exactly that. Working on my concepts and building the idea into my assignment.

My Research Sources

Internet Websites

Redlands Library  – books on history and evolution of art from photographers
Gerald Smith, The Weekend Artist, Mar 2016
Melanie Testa, Dreaming from the Journal Page, Mar 2016
Lisa Cyr, Art Revolution, Mar 2016
Al Seckel, Masters of Deception, Mar 2016
The Illustrated Story of Art, Mar 2016

9th April 2016

Had an interesting week thinking about achieving my 10 shots and AIPP entries. I am feeling overwhelmed by my ideas, I have a ton of stuff on my mind. I spent some time developing the 5/4 plates from Fort Lytton. It has been a long time since I was in the darkroom developing film. The result was good I went the usual 10, 20,30 second tests ended up trying 23 seconds and cut back too 18 with a bit of dodging.

Back to my photos I started looking back at the very first shoot I did of a friend at a few different locations. I remembered the rocks and sand. We took a series of natural light portraits at the beach on Stradbroke Island and the following week we tried a couple of high end hotels at the Gold Coast. Revisiting the shots I see all my mistakes but I was able to get some nice sharp shots as well. all I wanted to do was use the available sunlight it was very cloudy and I only had a few short chances to use it.

I remember at the time it was good to use a camera and it was what inspired me to take up photography and learn how to shoot like a pro. I spend the next 3 years studying full time.


CIty Thoughts

IMG_9279Based on my body landscape work, I think I would take the concept to the cityscape. I had a vision of composting people into the faces of the buildings. I want textures and light to create contrast and depth while a unique angle may give the perspective of the building laying down.

The shots from today were not too extraordinary.  The rush from place to place and the time of day were not ideal scenarios but as photographers we need to be able to work with what is in front of us.

To improve the shots some location scouting and late afternoon light may have assisted in providing a different results.

A few shots from my walk around the streets of Brisbane city for a few hours.

“Creative styling on a few shots from Brisbane City, I am experimenting with some styling ideas.for my arts study.”

From City Shots. Posted by Daniel Bunce on 2/13/2016 (32 items)


City Shoot Continued
I was off to the city with the blade, I wanted to capture some street level frames for a concept that includes people and architecture. The day was overcast and the city was a little quiet. I walked the streets looking for a shot, I lined up a few street corners and tried to use some longer exposures for a bit of motion blur on vehicles. I walked for two hours street by street looking for something that would work for my idea. I watched the sun dropping and the heavy overcast weather maed the buildings look flat in contrast. I visioned giant people climbing over the buildings like king kong, I tried to shoot some entire structures like the treasury with the 35mm lens I could just frame the shot. I thought about melding the people into the buildings and the architecture.  As the sun dropped I caught a few light trails from the traffic and some skyline shots. I did not find the shot I was after but still got some time exploring so I need to continue exploring this idea further.